App developers are pushing the envelope on a daily basis trying to improve and enhance our smartphone and tablet experiences. In fact, so many Android apps come out every day that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s difficult to usurp the best of the best but if you’re getting bored with what you’ve got and want to try something new, check out the best new Android apps from the last month! You can watch the videos from passed months by clicking here! Looking for more awesome apps? Here are some more awesome Android app lists!   10 best new Android games from April 2017! 20 hours ago   15 best Android apps of 2017 March 2, 2017 GlassWire Price: Free DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY GlassWire helps you keep track of your data. It shows you a real-time graph that shows how much data you’ve used, the apps that use it, and more. It’s most useful for those who have limited data caps and want to keep track of how much they’ve used. However, it’s also an excellent way to see the apps that access your network the most and how often they do it. You can even have GlassWire alert you whenever a specific app accesses data. It’s free to download with no in-app purchases. DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY Libby Price: Free DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY Libby is an ebook and audiobook platform by Overdrive Labs. It works by using your library card to let you borrow content for free. You simply sign up with your library card and the entire platform is open to you. It features thousands of ebooks and audiobooks to choose from. You can download books for offline reading, rate books, and more. Overdrive Labs has an official app that does a lot […]

Android gaming is getting bigger and better every month it seems and there is always a slew of new titles coming to Google Play. Whether you’re a casual gamer or you want something with a beat more meat on its bones, there’s usually a game coming out to suit everyone’s taste. Let’s take a look at the best new Android games from the last month! You can watch the videos on YouTube from passed months by clicking here! Looking for more new stuff? Check out these recommended app lists!   10 best new Android apps from April 2017! 16 hours ago   15 best Android games of 2017 March 3, 2017 Age of Empires: Castle Siege Price: Free with in-app purchases DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY Age of Empires: Castle Siege is the latest Age of Empires game. It plays a lot like any kingdom builder. You build a base and then create an army. You then use that army to destroy other bases while trying to defend your own. It also features heroes, decent graphics, and more game play features. It is a freemium game and that means it has the usual freemium pitfalls. However, aside from that and a few bugs, most people seem to be enjoying it. DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY Anycrate Price: Free DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY Anycrate is a local multiplayer game. Each player is on a different side of the screen. You then face off to see who can complete the challenges first. There is also a co-op mode where you can complete challenges together. Characters also upgrade during game play. There are also different characters with different mechanics. It also features many different levels. It’s completely free to play with no in-app purchases. Thankfully, the advertising isn’t too bad either. DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY […]

The BLU R1 Plus was only just launched yesterday but it’s already on sale. Over at Amazon, for the next fifteen hours or so, you can pick up a BLU R1 Plus for $109.99 (that’s $50 off its normal price). Best Buy also has the R1 Plus at the same price but doesn’t have a scary countdown clock like Amazon. If a new phone shipping with Marshmallow doesn’t put you off, this is a pretty good price, especially when you consider this is the 32 GB version with 3 GB of RAM. Other BLU R1 Plus specs include a 5.5-inch HD display, quad-core MediaTek 6737 chipset clocked at 1.3 GHz, 13 MP/8 MP camera combo (both of which have a LED flash), 4,000 mAh battery, dual-SIM, microSD and 4G LTE Plus (only for AT&T and T-Mobile). If you pick one up, be sure to let us know how it goes in the comments. If you’re after other options for affordable phones, check out our list of the best cheap Android phones. BUY AT AMAZON BUY AT BEST BUY

JerryRigEverything Zack Nelson from YouTube durability testing channel JerryRigEverything has responded to requests on social media to see if the same approach to creating a Galaxy S8 with a see-through back panel would also work on the LG G6. Turns out it does. Zack now has the world’s first clear LG G6 to go with his see-through Galaxy S8. The process starts out much the same as with the Galaxy S8, just apply a heat gun to the back to soften the glue and carefully pop the Gorilla Glass 5 panel off. But where the Galaxy S8 required a solvent bath to remove the paint layer from the inside, the LG G6 simply has a plastic-like layer that can be peeled off by hand. A few minor nips and tucks follow to fully show off the internals and the naked LG G6 is born. If you’re at all interested in trying this on your G6, just be aware that besides voiding your warranty you’ll also lose your water-resistant rating and wireless charging if you choose to remove the coils, but it’s still an easier-looking project than the clear S8. Zack’s taking requests for the next phone to receive the naked treatment, so hit the comments on the video to make your suggestions.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s 2016 salary was 325,000 times more than Sergey Brin and Larry Page’s salaries combined. Earning more than the co-founders of Google isn’t a hard thing to do though, with even the lowest paid Googlers far outstripping the salaries of Google’s CEO and President. As in previous years, Brin and Page took home a salary of $1 for their roles heading the parent company of the world’s largest search engine, while their protege Pichai raked in almost $200 million in total compensation for steering the good ship Google. See also: Google’s parent Alphabet had a 22 percent rise in revenue for Q1 2017 2 days ago Pichai’s annual salary remained stable at $650,000 (actually $2,500 lower than in 2015) but his stock award almost doubled from $99.8 million in 2015 to $198.7 million in his first full year at the helm of Google. That saw his total compensation rise from $100.6 million to $199.35 million – not bad for your second year on the job. But Pichai has surely earned the raise, charting a course for Google that saw significant increases in several areas. Google’s net income rose almost 20 percent in 2016 and sales saw a 22.5 percent increase under Pichai’s leadership. At the rate Pichai is going, he’ll be earning $1 in salary before he knows it.

With more and more smartphone companies doing away with the faithful 3.5mm headphone jack, now is probably the time to start keeping an eye out for some decent Bluetooth headphones. The Samsung Level U Pro wireless headphones are currently on sale at Amazon for an impressive 65 percent off the normal purchase price of $99. That makes these a steal at just $34.99. See also: Best bluetooth headphones of 2017 To get them at this price you’ll be stuck with the black color option, but if you want to spend a little more to add some additional flair to your ‘phones, you can get the purple version for $54.72 and the bronze version for $58.99. The snazzy blue pair are the most expensive at $70.99 but fashion never comes cheap now does it? Ultra High-Quality (UHQ) Audio means the Samsung Level U Pro headphones deliver 24-bit digital audio, with double the frequency range of standard CD-quality wireless audio (when paired with supported Galaxy phones). The neckband-style in-ear buds have 13mm drivers and dual microphones, with small magnets to stop the buds from flapping around when they’re not in your ears. They sport a nine hour battery life and are comfortable enough to wear all day. BUY ON AMAZON

After putting out a software fix for the red tint issue on the Galaxy S8 in Korea earlier this week, Samsung is now rolling it out in Europe. Germany, Turkey and the UK are the first countries to get the patch, which adds a slider for making the entire display warmer or cooler. Somehow I doubt there’ll be too many folks wanting a warmer display on their Galaxy S8, but it’s there if you want it. The individual RGB sliders can still be accessed, but they are now found under an Advanced section. That section also includes a Screen edge color balance setting, that allows you to to change the white balance at the edges of the screen, where multiple Galaxy S8 owners noticed the red tint at its worst. According to Samsung, changes may take up to ten minutes to appear. If you’re in one of those countries and you don’t see a notification icon in your status bar already, just head to Settings > Software update > Download updates manually to check. The update is a rather hefty 426 MB, indicating there might be a little more included than just a fix for the screen tint but we’ll have to get back to you on that. Samsung has vowed to replace devices for unsatisfied owners and it may need to, as the calibrated display settings are only available in Adaptive display mode. Switch that to AMOLED cinema, AMOLED photo or Basic and you’ll lose your color balance changes. Also, changes won’t take effect if you have the blue light filter on. Hit the comments and let us know when you get the update and if it was sufficient to fix the problem on your device (if you were suffering from it in the first place). With two fixes […]

In less than three weeks, thousands of software and hardware developers will be coming to Mountain View, California, and its Shoreline Amphitheater, to attend Google I/O 2017. The company’s annual developer conference, from May 17-19, is one of the biggest highlights of the year for Android fans, and now Google has posted some more details of the event’s schedule so that attendees can plan which ones they want to check out ahead of time. See also: Google Play Awards 2017 nominees are in 5 days ago Google points out that while it has posted more information on the sessions it will run during I/O 2017, not all of them have been revealed yet. That’s because the company is keeping a few of them secret until after the opening keynote for the conference, which will happen on May 17 starting at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Eastern time). In addition, some sessions will allow for attendees to reserve their seat ahead of time, to help cut down on lines. However, there will be a few seats that will be open for each session in case some folks want to attend at the last minute. The size of each tent has also been increased, to accommodate more people. In response to feedback from last year’s Google I/O, this year’s conference will also have double the number of Office Hours. This should help app developers get more time to chat with Google team members. Also, the sandbox demo areas will be inside climate-controlled structures this year, which should help keep people cool and dry for those events. We expect there will be a bunch of major announcements, and maybe one or two surprises, made at Google I/O 2017. Stay tuned as we will be attending the conference to get all of the big news first-hand. Check […]

From mixed reality and net neutrality, to speech synthesis, ID@Xbox, CoD WWII, Forza’s Hot Wheels, Surface sales, and Amazon à la mode, it’s our handy walkthrough of the week’s top tech news. Read more…

Global smartphone shipments saw higher growth than expected during Q1, and it was essentially led by manufacturers like Huawei and OPPO. See also: Salvaging Samsung: Can the world’s largest OEM ever recover in China? February 2, 2016 According to the latest data released by the International Data Corporation, worldwide smartphone shipments for Q1 of 2017 saw 4.3 percent growth, beating IDC’s previous forecast of 3.6 percent. With devices like the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus and the Galaxy S8 duo, that number is expected to be even higher for Q2. Huawei, OPPO, and Vivo all saw a double-digit increase, with OPPO seeing almost 30 percent. Now, the list of top five vendors isn’t surprising: Samsung leads the smartphone market with almost 80 million devices shipped during Q1, and Apple is a distant second with 51 million devices. Just like previous few quarters, these two electronics giants are followed by Huawei, OPPO, and Vivo. However, what is rather surprising is that the growth seems to have been led by Chinese OEMs. As you can see below, Samsung saw a fat zero in terms of year-over-year change in shipment volume, and Apple finished with a mere 0.8 percent year-over-year change. However, Huawei, OPPO, and Vivo all saw a double-digit increase, with OPPO seeing almost 30 percent. IDC Though the overall shipment volume numbers are far greater for Samsung and Apple, IDC’s latest data indicate that the market may be seeing a shift. Unlike these two companies, Huawei, OPPO, and Vivo do not have a big presence in the US; instead, their focus remains within countries like China and India – which happen to the two largest smartphone markets in the world. Their affordable yet premium smartphones as well as their approach to online sales have been highly effective in those countries, and should […]

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